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About occupational therapists

Occupational therapists (OTs) are regulated health professionals who promote health, well-being and quality of life by enabling individuals, families, organizations and communities to participate in occupations that give meaning and purpose to their lives. They work with people to address issues that interfere with their daily life, including areas such as self-care, productivity and leisure.Reference1 OTs contribute to the productivity of Canadians through client-centred care.

OTs work in homes, schools, hospitals, workplaces, community health care or rehabilitation centres, residential homes and private practices. They also work in industry and federal government departments.

CIHI collects record-level, standardized, comparative data on the supply, demographics, geographic and distribution characteristics, and education and employment details of OTs in Canada. To find out more about CIHI’s OT data, visit the Health Workforce Database metadata page.

Learn more about OTs in our recent releases on the health workforce (data tables) and Canada’s health care providers.


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Canadian Association of Occupational Therapists. What is occupational therapy? External link, opens in new window. Accessed August 20, 2018.